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Originally posted 11/02/2012 08:15AM
Thursday night's Country Music Association Awards had it all: laughter, tears and lots of live performances.
From Miranda Lambert's high octane rendition of "Fastest Girl in Town" to Taylor Swift's debut of the lovelorn "Begin Again," it seemed like almost every nominee got their moment on stage, regardless if they took home an award or not.
With so many high energy sets, the evening felt more like a concert than an awards show!
Originally posted 11/01/2012 08:45PM
Taylor Swift's love life is more than great inspiration for her hit songs – it's now a punchline.
Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley poked fun at the singer's recent split from Conor Kennedy during the opening monologue of Thursday's Country Music Association Awards.
"Brad and I were backstage talking about what a strange year this has been," Underwood said at the start of their funny (and musically-accentuated) routine.
"Just look at sports, I can't keep track of all these trades," continued Paisley, as his co-host noted that Tim Tebow is now playing for the New York Jets.
Originally posted 11/01/2012 02:30PM
The 46th annual Country Music Association Awards will air from Nashville tonight at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. CT) on ABC with some predictable hosts: Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, together for the fifth straight year.
Perhaps there will at least be a few surprises among the winners. Here's my take on five major categories:
Originally posted 10/11/2012 11:35AM
It was arguably the most-anticipated premiere of the season, filled with big, brassy country performances (by Connie Britton's Rayna and Hayden Panettiere's Juliette), crying drama queens (that would be Juliette, again) and, of course, sex (Juliette! Behave!).
But was ABC's heavily hyped Nashville all it promised to be?
Here's what y'all (plus some country stars!) had to say:
Originally posted 10/03/2012 08:45AM
This wasn't the first time Darius Rucker was pranked by Brad Paisley. But Tuesday night at the Grand Ole Opry marked the first time one of Paisley's stunts moved him to tears – of joy – and had the audience leaping to its feet.
Midway through his set as the final act on the weekly Tuesday night Opry show, Rucker, 46, good-naturedly replied yes when the announcer asked if he would be open to some questions from the audience, and took queries from two female fans.
Then Opry manager Pete Fisher allowed one more question, and a man in a white hat stood up and grabbed the wireless mike. When the audience recognized Paisley, they burst into delighted applause, and Rucker and his band broke out laughing.
Originally posted 10/01/2012 08:00AM
The Country Music Association's reigning female vocalist of the year Miranda Lambert will defend her title on stage at Nov. 1's 46th Annual CMA Awards.
The CMA tells PEOPLE exclusively that Lambert, 28, will perform on the live broadcast from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
The Texas native is also in the running for album of the year, music video of the year and song of the year for "Over You," a nomination she shares with her co-writer and husband, two-time male vocalist of the year Blake Shelton.
Originally posted 09/17/2012 01:00PM
Luke Bryan and Kimberly Perry have three words for Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley: "Watch your backs."
While Underwood and Paisley will be co-hosting the CMA Awards on Nov. 1 for the fifth consecutive year, upstarts Bryan and Perry (lead singer of Band Perry) are hoping their debut as co-hosts of Country's Night to Rock – which airs Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC – will leave a lasting impression.
"I wasn't really sure what hosts were supposed to do," Perry tells PEOPLE. "But I have studied Carrie and Brad – they are such pros. And my brothers [bandmates Reid and Neil] let me practice with them on the bus. Neil actually does a great Luke Bryan imitation, so that helped!"
Originally posted 09/14/2012 07:30PM
Originally posted 09/05/2012 09:05AM
It was a double-barreled morning for Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean on Wednesday, as the country stars appeared on Good Morning America to reveal the nominees in the top five categories for the 46th annual Country Music Association Awards.
Among the names they announced were their own – in the category of male vocalist. Aldean is also up for entertainer of the year, and Bryan is also in the running for album of the year, for his Tailgates & Tanlines.
Taylor Swift is the one woman who made it into the race for entertainer of the year. Besides Aldean, the other nominees are Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton
Originally posted 09/05/2012 08:15AM
Who says there's no country air in Times Square?
Manhattan is set to twang Wednesday morning with a little help from Jason Aldean, when the country superstar announces nominees in five Country Music Association Award categories during the 8:30 a.m. segment of ABC's Good Morning America – and you can see it streamed live here. (Watch video above.)
Lady Antebellum was meant to have joined Aldean Wednesday for the announcement, only the group was kept from reaching New York on account of bad weather, member Hillary Scott Tweeted Tuesday – "but we'll be tuned in to @GMA tomorrow morning with you!"
The rest of the roster will be revealed later Wednesday morning, from the nearby B.B. King Blues Club and Grill.
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